Is Pakatan Rakyat perpetuating race-based politics and governance?

Posted on October 28, 2008


…And we, the rakyat of Malaysia of all races and of various faiths, now declare that we reject raced-based systems of governance of the country in favour of non race-based, integrated systems of governance…

This is an excerpt from The People’s Voice & The People’s Declaration, the document that was endorsed by, amongst others, DAP, PKR and PAS in February this year, just before the 12th GE.

Acceptance of this document by these political parties was taken by a great many of us as an expression of full agreement by those parties with the aspirations of the people as laid out in this document.

For me, personally, and many of the people that I work with in the anak Bangsa Malaysia initiative, it was the rejection of race-based governance that was the most important of all the aspirations spelt out in The People’s Voice & The People’s Declaration.

It was therefore with a great deal of frustration that we watched, post the 12th GE, as the Pakatan people in Penang, Perak and Selangor went back and forth trying to form the state government in each state, trying to find a formula that would keep ‘all the races’ happy.

Hadn’t these parties just agreed with us that race-based politics was to be consigned to the bin?

Shouldn’t we be focussed on getting the best man or woman for the job?

Is not meritocracy supposed to now be the order of the day, at least in the Pakatan states?

So why is Selangor appointing Current Finance and Corporate deputy general manager Low Siew Moi, as acting GM of PKNS ‘until the state could source for a bumiputra person with high calibre and ethics and someone who is committed to lead the state’s business arm’ – Star online.

Is it not enough that the individual is a person ‘with high calibre and ethics and someone who is committed to lead the state’s business arm’?

Malaysiakini reports today that 6 staff bodies of PKNS have objected to the appointment of Low on the grounds that she is Chinese.

The Malaysiakini report has it that ‘In their joint memorandum dated Oct 25 to Khalid, the staff associations said: “PKNS was established for Malays and to fulfill the Malay agenda. Because of this, the organisation needs to be led by a Malay.”…The memorandum stated that, as PKNS conducts activities that are spiritual in nature, its leader must understand and practice Islamic values.“In other words, the one who will become the general manager will be the ‘imam’ for all the staff,” the signatories said’.

PKNS conducts activities that are spiritual in nature?


In an updated Star online report today reporting on the same matter, MB Khalid is reported to have said that efforts had been made to find such a successor from within PKNS but there was a conflict of interests where a group of senior officers had been found to be holding 30% shares in PKNS Infra Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of PKNS’.

This is spiritual?

What I also found troubling in this report was the following statement by MB Khalid :

“PKNS is supposed to uplift the Malays by providing them with business opportunities but checks showed that 75% of the projects in the past were awarded directly or indirectly to non-bumiputra firms.”

A quick check on the PKNS website will reveal the following mission statement :

Untuk merealisasikan wawasan ini, PKNS sentiasa menggalak dan mengamalkan nilai-nilai murni, tradisi keilmuan, penguasaan teknologi seiring dengan usaha untuk terus meningkatkan pegangan harta yang teguh, berpandangan jauh serta menggalakkan inovasi di samping terus menerajui dan meneroka pembangunan yang mewujudkan peluang-peluang untuk memenuhi keperluan rakyat dan aspirasi negara.

So where does Khalid get this crap about PKNS being supposed to uplift the Malays? Should it not be uplifting all people in Selangor?

Did not Anwar say that PKR championed Ketuanan Rakyat?

Good people of Selangor, don’t take this lying down.

Post 8th March, we resolved that we would not take any more crap from the politicians. The people of Selangor must hold the politicians accountable.

The webpage containing the particulars of all the Selangor State Exco members may be reached by clicking HERE.

It is complete with the e-mail addresses of your ADUN who now sit on the Exco.

If this whole episode of appointing a temporary non-bumi whilst looking out for a worthy bumi upsets you as it upsets me, write to your ADUN and complain. If your ADUN does not sit on the Exco, write to your MB and let him know that you are pissed off.

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